£2.7m bill for roads upkeep

TWO of Calderdale’s ancient packhorse bridges are to be repaired and pointed at a cost of £180,000.

They are the old Hepton Bridge, in the centre of Hebden Bridge, which recently celebrated its 500th anniversary, and Waterloo Bridge, over the River Ryburn, in the centre of Ripponden, which dates from 1752.

Altogether, Calderdale Council plans to spend nearly £1.2 million this year on maintaining and strengthening bridges, culverts and retaining walls and £2.7 million on the upkeep of roads and street lighting.

The details are spelled-out in the council’s annual transport plan which is due to be approved on Monday.

Boy Bridge, in Station Road, Luddenden Foot, is to be painted at a cost of £216,000.

It was built in 1882 and is grade 2 listed.

Chapel Lane Bridge, in Sowerby Bridge, is to be painted at a cost of £130,000 while repairing and painting Copley footbridge will cost £150,000.

A culvert at Patmoss, Todmorden, will be repaired (£124,000) and retailing walls at Denfield Lane, Ovenden, Halifax, and Paddock Road, Shibden, will cost more than £100,000.

Putting a surfacing dressing on the A646 between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, the A629 Calderdale Way, Elland, and the A58 Rochdale Road, Ripponden, will cost £720,000.

Another £570,000 has been earmarked for Elland Road, Ripponden, Stainland Road, at West Vale, Pellon Lane and Pellon New Road, Halifax, Clough Lane, Mixenden, Victoria Road, Elland and Blackstone Edge Road, Cragg Vale.

Ten smaller streets and lanes will be resurfaced and street lights upgraded at a cost of £1.1 million.

The council will spend £350,000 on footpaths including Broad Street and North Parade, Halifax, Well Street, Todmorden and Waverley Road, Elland.

“Government funding for local transport has been significantly reduced,” according to the council’s economy and environment director Ian Gray.

“There will be about 16 per cent less for maintaining transport infrastructure and 42 per cent less for providing for and improving the transport system,” he said.